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Did you know that according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 220,000 patients were treated in hospitals, doctors’ offices and emergency rooms for injuries related to winter sports in 2017! 

 

This includes: 

  • 69,000 injuries from snow skiing
  • 54,000 injuries from snowboarding
  • 52,000 injuries from ice skating
  • 5,000 injuries from sledding and tobogganing

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states that most injuries sustained during winter sports can easily be prevented by keeping in good physical condition, staying alert, and stopping when participants are tired or in pain.  The most common injuries include: sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures; many of these happening at the end of the day when people are tired and overexert themselves.

 

To help prevent injury during your favorite winter activities, follow these AAOS safety tips:

 

  • Never paritipcate alone in a winter sport.
  • Keep in shape and condition muscles before participating in winter activities.
  • Warm up thoroughly before playing or participating.  Cold muscles, tendons and ligaments are vulnerable to injury.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear, including goggles, helmets, gloves and padding.
  • Check that equipment is working properly prior to use. 
  • Wear several layers of light, loose and water and wind-resistant clothing for warmth and protection.  Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature.  Wear proper footwear that poviders warmth and dryness, as well as ample ankle support. 
  • Know and abide by all rules of the sport in which you are participating. 
  • Take a lesson (or several) from a qualified instructor, especially in sports like skiing and snowboarding.  Learning how to fall correctly and safely can reduce the risk of injury.  
  • Pay attention to warnings about upcoming storms and severe drops in temperature. 
  • Seek shelter and medical attention immediately if you, or anyone with you, is experiencing hypothermia or frostbite.  Make sure everyone is aware of proper procedures for getting help, if injuries occur.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after activities. 
  • Avoid participating in sports when you are in pain or exhausted. 

 

 


New Year’s resolutions are great for kids and teens as they sometimes need to make these promises to themselves and you, in order to organize their goals for the coming year.  

 

Here are some great tips to help your child choose specific, achievable resolutions to set them up for success in the New Year.  

 

First, start off by explaining what a resolution is and giving examples of ones they have set in past years.  You don’t want your child to feel like something is wrong with them now; instead, frame the conversation as something that could be done better.  If your child suggests well-intentioned but vague ideas like “be healthier” try to help them develop those ideas into tangible actions that can be done every day such as “spend 30 minutes outside every day”.

 

Next, make sure to remember that resolutions should always be discussed in a positive way.  For example, their resolution should be worded, “I’m going to do this…” instead of “I’m going to STOP doing this…”

 

Some Great Pediatric Resolutions Include:

 

Healthier Eating - Target an area you and your child need to improve upon and discuss why it is important.  If you want to eat less fast food, talk about what you are going to eat instead.  Or if your child is trying to eat more vegetables, agree on a specific number for the day or week. 

 

Examples of some specific New Year’s Resolution in regards to healthier eating:

  • “I’m going to drink two glasses of milk each day instead of soda or juice”
  • “I’m going to eat two pieces of fruit at lunch each time”

More physical activity (exercise) - this is always a good resolution but keep in mind that the work “exercise” can be boring.  Try to make it sound fun so your child is more likely to stick to it such as: 

  • “I’m going to join a soccer team” 

 

Screen time - It is not enough to simply say “we are going to decrease screen time”.  Quanitfy how much you and your child will reduce and what they will be doing instead such as: 

  • “I’m going to limit screen time to 30 minutes per day and read before bed instead of watching TV”

 

Social Resolutions - A social resolution should always be tailored to your child and an area where they would like to improve upon. 

 

Great examples of these are:

  • “I’m going to do one random act of kindness a week”
  • “I’m going to talk to one person at school I’ve never met each week”

 

Helping around the house - Committing to chores is always smart as it makes kids feel needed and useful.  Plus, you’ll get a little help around the house!

 

Examples of these resolutions include: 

 

  • “I’m going to set the table for dinner every night”
  • “I’m going to make my bed every morning”

 

Educational resolutions - Learning new skills is always a great resolution and can be a great source of family time. 

 

Examples of these include: 

 

  • “I’m going to learn how to make chocolate chip cookies”
  • “I’m going to learn how to speak Spanish”

 

Family time - commit to spending more time as a family!

  • “We’re going to have game night every Saturday”
  • “We’re going to eat dinner together every weekday”

 

Don’t forget, that when it comes to resolutions, it is important for you, the parent, to lead by example and don’t be afraid to adjust your goals along the way if they’re becoming stale or if you actually accomplish them!

 

Check out this great podcast on RadioMD by Dr. David Hill on helping your child keep their New Year’s Resolution!